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China Excoriates U.S. as Culprit in Philippine Tensions in South China Sea

One of several catroons published by Chinese tabloid Global Times this week depicting the U.S. as the instigator behind tensions in the South China Sea. The stick stirring the waves is wrapped in the national flag of the Philippines, a U.S. ally. Illustration by Liu Rui/Global Times

Chinese media and official channels shifted into overdrive this week in condemnation of U.S. hegemony as the true source of tensions in the South China Sea, despite the friction ostensibly being a China-Philippines territorial dispute.

Government statements called out the U.S.’s “hegemonical” pursuits. Military media blamed rising instability on U.S. “meddling.” And a dozen news articles published since Monday morning slammed the U.S. role in the conflict.

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